20 . March , 2019 - Wednesday
Check todays hot topics or new products

Find a Drug: Advanced

Please Sign in or Register

All about: Colace

Big Image

Generic Name: docusate (DAH cue sate)
Brand Names: Aqualax, Calube, Colace, Colace Micro-Enema, Correctol Softgel Extra Gentle, DC-240, Dialose, Diocto, Dioctocal, Dioctosoftez, Dioctyn, Dionex, Doc-Q-Lace, Docu Soft, Docucal, Doculax, Docusoft S, DOK, DOS, Doss-Relief, DSS, Ex-Lax Stool Softener, Fleet Sof-Lax, Genasoft, Kasof, Modane Soft, Octycine-100, Regulax SS, Sulfalax Calcium, Sur-Q-Lax, Surfak Stool Softener, Therevac-SB

What is Colace (docusate)?

Docusate is a stool softener. It makes stools softer and easier to pass.

Docusate is used to treat constipation due to hard stools, in painful anorectal conditions, and for people who should avoid straining during bowel movements.

Docusate may also have uses other than those listed in this product guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Colace (docusate)?

Do not use docusate if you have stomach (abdominal) pain, nausea, or vomiting, unless directed by doctor. Do not take mineral oil or aspirin while taking docusate, unless otherwise directed by your health care provider.

Who should not take Colace (docusate)?

Do not take docusate without first talking to your doctor if you have
  • an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis,

  • other intestinal problems, or

  • abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting.

You may not be able to take docusate or you may require special monitoring while taking docusate if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Do not take docusate without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. Do not take docusate without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Some forms of docusate are formulated for use by children. Talk to the child's doctor before using this product to treat a child.

How should I take Colace (docusate)?

Take docusate exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Docusate is available in tablet and capsule formulations. Swallow the tablets and capsules whole. Do not chew or crush them.

Docusate is also available in liquid form. To ensure that you get the correct dosage, measure docusate with a dose-measuring spoon or cup, not a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one. Mix the liquid with 6 to 8 ounces of milk, fruit juice, or infant formula and drink immediately.

Docusate is also available for use as a rectal enema. To use a rectal enema:

  • Shake the bottle gently to make sure the suspension is mixed. Remove the protective cap from the applicator tip. Holding the bottle at the neck will not cause any of the medication to come out.

  • Gently insert the tip into the rectum, pointing toward the belly button (umbilicus). A steady squeezing of the bottle will discharge most of the medication.

The effect on stools is usually apparent 1 to 3 days after the first dose of docusate. Do not take docusate for more than 1 week unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Store docusate at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. It is not necessary to take a double dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of a docusate overdose are not known but might include nausea, vomiting or stomach pain.

What should I avoid while taking Colace (docusate)?

Do not take mineral oil or aspirin while taking docusate, unless otherwise directed by your health care provider.

Colace (docusate) side effects

If you experience any of the following uncommon but serious side effects, stop taking docusate and seek medical treatment or call your doctor immediately:
  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);

  • rectal bleeding;

  • severe abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting; or

  • no bowel movement.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take docusate and talk to your doctor if you experience

  • a bitter taste or throat irritation;

  • skin rash;

  • diarrhea; or

  • mild nausea.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Colace (docusate)?

Before taking docusate, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:

  • any prescription medicines;

  • aspirin or products that contain aspirin; or

  • mineral oil.

You may not be able to take docusate, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with docusate, and docusate may affect the actions of many other medicines, including the ones listed above. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has more information about docusate written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Docusate is available over-the-counter generically and under many brand names in several formulations. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
  • Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided by Cerner Multum, Inc. ('Multum') is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. Multum information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States and therefore Multum does not warrant that uses outside of the United States are appropriate, unless specifically indicated otherwise. Multum's drug information does not endorse drugs, diagnose patients or recommend therapy. Multum's drug information is an informational resource designed to assist licensed healthcare practitioners in caring for their patients and/or to serve consumers viewing this service as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgment of healthcare practitioners. The absence of a warning for a given drug or drug combination in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. Multum does not assume any responsibility for any aspect of healthcare administered with the aid of information Multum provides. The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
Copyright 1996-2006 Cerner Multum, Inc. Version: 1.05. Revision Date: 2/13/04 4:02:09 PM.

Recent Drug Updates at DrugIndexOnline:





Amcinonide Topical Amcinonide Topical
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Alphatrex 3 Aristocort 20 Aristocort A 20 Betatrex 3 Beta-Val 3 Bio-Syn 9 Cordran 11 Cordran SP 11 Cormax 4 Cutivate 12 Cyclocort 1 Delta-Tritex 20 Dermabet 3 Dermatop 19 Diprolene 3 Diprolene AF 3 Diprosone 3 Elocon 18 Florone 7 Florone E more...

Casanthranol and Docusate Casanthranol and Docusate
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Agoral 35 Alophen 25 Alphamul 30 Alramucil Orange 7 Alramucil Regular 7 Bisac-Evac 25 Black-Draught 26 Black-Draught Lax-Senna 32 Carter's Little Pills 25 Cholac 14 Citroma 16 Citrucel Orange Flavor 3 Citrucel Sugar-Free Orange Flavor 3 Col more...

Centany Centany
Generic Name: mupirocin Dosage Form: Ointment OrthoNeutrogena Rx only       For Dermatologic Use Centany Description Each gram of Centany (mupirocin ointment),2% contains 20 mg mupirocin in a soft white ointment base consisting of castor oil, oleyl alcohol, hard fat more...

Fluticasone Spray Fluticasone Spray
Generic Name: Fluticasone Nasal Spray (flue-TIK-a-sone) Brand Name: FlonaseFluticasone Spray is used for:Treatment of allergic and nonallergic nasal symptoms including congestion, sneezing, itching, and runny nose. Fluticasone Spray is a corticosteroid. It works by reducing inflammatory reaction more...

Hydromorphone hydrochloride Hydromorphone hydrochloride
Generic name: Hydromorphone hydrochloride Brand names: Dilaudid Why is Hydromorphone hydrochloride prescribed? Dilaudid, a narcotic analgesic, is prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain such as that due to: Biliary colic (pain caused by an obstruction in the gallbladder or bile duc more...

Mycostatin Mycostatin
Generic Name: nystatin Dosage Form: Cream usp and topical powder usp FOR TOPICAL USE ONLY • NOT FOR OPHTHALMIC USE Mycostatin Description Nystatin is a polyene antifungal antibiotic obtained from Streptomyces nursei. Structural formula:          more...

Novahistine DM Expectorant w/ Decongestant Novahistine DM Expectorant w/ Decongestant
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold and Cough 21 Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold and Cough Medicine Liqui-Gels 34 Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold Liqui-Gels 35 Ami-Tex LA 69 Anatuss LA 70 Benylin Expectorant 54 Bromfed-DM 17 Broncholate 68 Carbinoxamine Compou more...

Principen Principen
Generic Name: Ampicillin Capsules (am-pih-SILL-in) Brand Name: PrincipenPrincipen is used for:Treating infections caused by certain types of bacteria. Principen is a penicillin antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria by interfering with formation of the bacteria's cell wall while it more...